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Choosing Fracture-Based Targets in BPCI

CMS has made the option available to BPCI participants to have their targets for the Major Joint Replacement of the Lower Extremity episodes stratified by whether the patient had a hip fracture. This issue is of concern to some BPCI participants because episodes involving fractures are considerably more costly than non-fracture episodes. While non-fracture episodes may cost $20-22,000, fracture episodes are typically 45-50% higher at $35-40,000.

Limitations on Usefulness of Recent CJR Data

HFMA recently published a short article about the data for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program that was released in August. However, we have some additional caveats that should be considered in using this data.

The Proposed Mandatory Medicare Bundled Payment Program - 15 Things to Know

Note: CMS has released the Final Rule for the CJR program. Updates descriptions of the program are at this and this link.

CMS Announces Mandatory Joint Replacement Bundles

Yesterday CMS issued a proposed rule for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR)  a proposal to require all episodes of Major Joint Replacement in 75 MSAs to be paid on a "bundled" basis. This is a significant step from the voluntary Bundled Payment for Care Improvement program in that it requires virtually all hospitals (but not physicians or other providers) to be financially responsible for all of the care of these patients for 90 days after discharge. Hospitals in 75 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) would be affected.

Thirty-Day BPCI Episodes? Let the Data Drive the Decision

In recent conversations, articles and seminars we’ve heard wary potential BPCI Model 2 participants propose to select a 30-day episode length as a “safer” alternative to the longer 90-day episode.  In some cases the shorter episode length does provide some risk mitigation against uncontrollable high costs such as readmissions. However, that safety comes at a price that may not be warranted. This is because of these two factors: 

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